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Symposium “Competence Building on Sustainable Development in Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programmes” in Umeå, Sweden

February 22: 09:00 - February 23: 14:00

Competence development in sustainable development entails the definition and promotion of a set of knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary in order to achieve a sustainable future. Whereas competence building on sustainable development is relevant across all fields in both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, integrating it across all core programmes may be challenging. Also, it is largely unclear how best should this work be undertaken, and which approaches, methods and strategies may yield the highest impact. It is on the basis of the need to address this perceived gap, and to foster a dialogue among persons working in the field of competence building, that that the Symposium “Competence Building on Sustainable Development in Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programmes” is being organised, and will be held in Umeå, Sweden, on 22nd-23rd February 2024.

The Symposium will serve the purpuse of discussing how competence building on sustainability may be better incorporated in university education. It is part of the “Accelerating the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Series”, which organises events aimed at fostering the implementation of the UN SDGs around the world.

As an output and long-term documentation of the event, selected papers will be published in the book
“Competence Building on Sustainable Development in Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programmes”, which will follow on the success of the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability  in Higher Education” which is a “living edition” and the “Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, the world´s largest editorial project on sustainable development ever undertaken.

The book will be part of the World Sustainability Series the leading peer-reviewed book series on matters related to sustainable development. The last volume, “Educating the Sustainability Leaders of the Future”, has just been launched: The peer-reviewed nature of the book means that contributions to them have been officially counting over the years for promotion and tenure purposes. To date, over 3.000 sustainability researchers have had their work published in the series.

How to attend: submission of abstracts

Expressions of interest to attend the event, initially consisting of a 200 words abstract outlining the paper and with the full contact details of the author(s) should be sent to the ESSSR/IUSDRP team at: info( at )

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15th December 2023. Full papers are due by 30th April 2024. The details will be discussed with the selected authors.

This event is part of  of the Continuing Professional Development Programme on Sustainable Development, undertaken by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) and Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). An official certificate of participation, useful for professional development purposes and to be shown to employers, will be issued to participants, with the equivalent of 20 hours, including attendance to the event and preparation time. The issuing of the Certificate is included in the registration fees.

The event is self-funded, and in other to offset the costs with staff time, organisation, and preparation of the book, a registration fee of Euro 280 (plus taxes) will be charged per delegate. The fee also includes the coffee breaks and lunches during the days of the Symposium.


February 22: 09:00
February 23: 14:00


Umeå, Sweden
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